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Basil By Wilkie Collins
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Basil by Wilkie Collins, first published in 1852. Basil is the younger son of a proud, stern father and comes of an ancient, noble family. He has a devoted younger sister, Clara, and a wild but... More > good-natured older brother, Ralph. Travelling home, on impulse by omnibus, Basil falls in love at first sight with Margaret Sherwin, a linen-draper's daughter. He follows her home to the newly-built suburbs north of Regent's Park and, after contriving a meeting, asks her father for permission to marry; but because of his own father's certain opposition, the marriage should be kept secret. Mr Sherwin agrees on condition that the marriage takes place within the week but is not consummated for one year, since Margaret is only just seventeen. The delay will give Basil time to persuade his father to accept the marriage, and he cannot be forced to withdraw from it. The marriage duly takes place and Basil spends the next few months visiting Margaret every evening.< Less
Poor Miss Finch By Wilkie Collins
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Poor Miss Finch (1872) by Wilkie Collins is a novel about a young blind woman who temporarily regains her sight while finding herself in a romantic triangle with two brothers.Twenty-one-year-old... More > Lucilla Finch, the independently wealthy daughter of the rector of Dimchurch, Sussex, has been blind since infancy. Shortly after the narrator, Madame Pratolungo, arrives to serve as her paid companion, Lucilla falls in love with Oscar Dubourg, her shy and reclusive neighbour, also wealthy, who devotes himself to craftsmanship in precious metals.After being attacked and knocked unconscious by robbers, Oscar is nursed by Lucilla and falls in love with her, and the couple become engaged. Their plans are jeopardized by Oscar's epilepsy, a result of the blow to his head. Excerpt from: Hint: You can preview this book by clicking on "Preview" which is located under the cover of this book.< Less
The Moonstone By Wilkie Collins
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Widely regarded as the precursor of the modern mystery and suspense novels, The Moonstone tells of the events surrounding the disappearance of a mysterious (and cursed) yellow diamond. T. S. Eliot... More > called it 'the first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels'. It contains a number of ideas which became common tropes of the genre, including a crime being investigated by talented amateurs who happen to be present when it is committed, and two police officers who exemplify respectively the 'Scotland Yard bungler' and the skilled, professional detective.< Less
The Dead Alive By Wilkie Collins
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The Dead Alive" is told in the first person by an English attorney, Mr Lefrank. He has just been advised by his doctor that he is headed for a complete breakdown from the strain of over... More > work and needs a long rest away from his current environment. At first he dismisses the advice but after suffering severe confusions while in court he comes to realize he does need a rest. He has a distant relative in America, in New York State, whom he has never met but who has told him he is welcome at his farm. The first idea of this little story was suggested to the author by a printed account of a trial which actually took place, early in the present century, in the United States... It may not be amiss to add, for the benefit of incredulous readers, that all the ''improbable events'' in the story are matters of fact, taken from the printed narrative. Anything which ''looks like truth'' is, in nine cases out of ten, the invention of the author. "< Less
The Woman in White By Wilkie Collins
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Hint: You can preview this book by clicking on "Preview" which is located under the cover of this book. About the author: William Wilkie Collins (8 January 1824 – 23 September 1889)... More > was an English novelist, playwright, and short story writer. His best-known works are The Woman in White (1859), No Name (1862), Armadale (1866), and The Moonstone (1868), considered the first modern English detective novel.Born into the family of painter William Collins in London, he lived with his family in Italy and France as a child and learned French and Italian. He worked as a clerk for a tea merchant. After his first novel Antonina was published in 1850, he met Charles Dickens, who became a close friend, mentor and collaborator. Excerpt from:< Less
The Frozen Deep By Wilkie Collins
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The Frozen Deep is an 1856 play, originally staged as an amateur theatrical, written by Wilkie Collins under the substantial guidance of Charles Dickens. Dickens's hand was so prominent –... More > beside acting in the play for several performances, he added a preface, altered lines, and attended to most of the props and sets – that the principal edition of the play is entitled "Under the Management of Charles Dickens". John C. Eckel wrote: "As usual with a play which passed into rehearsal under Dickens' auspices it came out improved. This was the case with The Frozen Deep. The changes were so numerous that the drama almost may be ascribed to Dickens". Dickens himself took the part of Richard Wardour and was stage-manager during its modest original staging in Dickens's home Tavistock House. Excerpt from: Hint: You can preview this book by clicking on "Preview" which is located under the cover of this book.< Less
The Woman in White By Wilkie Collins
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The Woman in White is an epistolary novel written by Wilkie Collins in 1859, serialized in 1859-1860, and first published in book form in 1860. It is considered to be to the first mystery novel, and... More > is widely regarded as one of the first (and finest) in the genre of ‘sensation novels’….The Woman in White is also an early example of a particular type of Collins narrative in which several characters in turn take up the telling of the story. This creates a complex web in which readers are unsure which narrator can, and cannot, be trusted. Collins used this technique in his other novels, including The Moonstone. This technique was copied by other novelists, including Bram Stoker, author of Dracula (1897), although by the end of the 19th century the technique was considered “old-fashioned”.< Less
Armadale By Wilkie Collins
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Unusual and convoluted mystery. Viewed by the Clap-trap morality of the day, this may be a very daring book. Judged by the Christian morality which is of all time, it is simply a book daring enough... More > to speak the truth.< Less
After Dark By Wilkie Collins
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A collection of six short stories first published in 1856, and includes: The Traveller's Story of a Terribly Strange Bed, The Lawyer's Story of a Stolen Letter, The French Governess's Story of Sister... More > Rose, The Angler's Story of The Lady of Glenwith Grange, The Nun's Story of Gabriel's Marriage, and The Professor's Story of The Yellow Mask.< Less
My Lady's Money By Wilkie Collins
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Little known, and less widely read than 'The Moonstone', but one of Wilkie Collins' best Callender Classic Reprints

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